YellowBrickRoad (2010)
May 5, 2024 8:35 AM - Subscribe

1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.

Not well reviewed, but both my wife and I (she'd watched it years ago, me very recently) liked it! It shows its budget and novice-filmmaker limitations consistently, but it's a fairly novel premise, some clever bits, actors frequently surpassing the limitations of what they're given, and some good haunting moments, if not a lot of true scares.

My one substantive complaints are first, the cast is too big, and characters' personalities aren't super distinct, so unless somebody goes loopy and is then defined by their loopiness, they all sort of blend together. Second, it's a loose hour-forty: one of our household in-jokes for horror is is it a tight ninety? because very few horror movies benefit from running longer than that. I think a 15-minute haircut would have done this movie a lot of good.
posted by Shepherd (3 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed it, A+ atmosphere, up until the close, which I didn’t think worked. But maaaaan there are some people who have a hate for this film.
posted by cupcakeninja at 4:04 PM on May 6

I just watched it, and liked it for the most part. It did a good job of imparting a sense of dread, which I think that the filmmakers were going for. I agree that it could've benefitted from some editing, and parts of the first murder were cheesy. I'm still a bit up in the air with the ending.
posted by Spike Glee at 7:59 PM on May 6

If this movie was like 78 minutes long, I'd have spoken very highly of it. At 102, it has its moments and I like it well enough.

We all figure the guy behind the dirty window at the records office and the usher at the hellish movie theater are the same person and this was all a trap, right?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:04 AM on May 8

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